Wife, mother, nurse, or school teacher: as in real life, movie roles in the past for women were limited in number and in scope. Fortunately, the roles for women have changed in the last few decades, so that women can be welders, super heroes, and CIA agents, to name a few. Today’s movies are varied enough that every woman can imagine herself in the leading role.
Movie roles for woman have changed due to increased numbers of female screenwriters, as well as female directors, cast and crew. At the same time, Hollywood has woken up to the fact that ticket-buyers are 50-55% female. Meanwhile, new stories have surfaced, from women who were code breakers in World War II, to a team of female African-American mathematicians who worked at NASA in “Hidden Figures”. Empowering films such as “Erin Brockovich”, romantic comedies such as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, buddy flicks like “Pitch Perfect”, even musicals like “Guys and Dolls, and “Les Miserables” have contributed to a changing landscape.
Whether it’s Jane Austen in "Becoming Jane", or one of the fabulous friends in “Bridesmaids”, or a professional boxer in “Million Dollar Baby", this quiz has the perfect role for you. See if you can name each movie from a single image!
The classic film about love, death, and devotion, "Ghost" was released quietly and was hardly on anyone’s radar. Somehow, in a short period of time, this supernatural-romantic-thriller became the world’s highest-grossing film of 1990 and won two Oscars.
In true fairytale style, the writers and director took a cue from legends. Danielle performs a clever rescue of her husband by carrying him on her shoulders out of harm from the gypsies. In a legend surrounding King Conrad III and his victory at Weinsberg, he told the wives of the castle they could leave with whatever they could carry on their shoulders. Clever as women are, they carried their husbands.
This Oscar-winning movie, starring Hilary Swank, took every stereotype about women and turned it on its ear. This inspiring and empowering story of an ordinary girl from Missouri who becomes a professional boxer with the help of underappreciated trainer is something every woman should see.
For the movie Knocked Up, Anne Hathaway was originally cast as Alison, but she dropped out because she didn’t like the idea of live birth footage. The film is based on the experiences of Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, during the birth of their first daughter.
"First Impressions" was the original name that Austen wanted for her book, before changing it to "Pride and Prejudice." In the beginning scenes, Elizabeth can be seen reading a book titled "First Impressions."
When the movie was released in 1987, nobody could have predicted the phenomenon that it would turn into. "Dirty Dancing" grossed nearly $215 million worldwide, and it is not your ordinary love story. It's a story about sensuality, passion, first love; it's about people who are trying to find themselves, using dance as personal expression.
In the Wizard of Oz, Toto reportedly earned $125 per week of filming—but each Munchkin actor just $50. Toto was played by a female dog named Terry.
Betty White almost turned down her role in the film The Proposal, because filming would require her to spend ten weeks away from her golden retriever. The puppy named Kevin is played by four American Eskimo puppies, named Flurry, Sitka, Nanu, and Winter.
Back in 2002, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" became a phenomenon worldwide: shot on a budget of $5 million, this movie earned more than $368 million. The highest-grossing romantic comedy of all-time, this film will remind you about the value of family, but then will show you how annoyingly overbearing they can be.
Emily Bronte had first hand experience to give to her character, Jane. They were both governesses. Bronte hated the job and suffered regular scoldings from her employer.
You've Got Mail is a remake of the 1940 film, The Shop Around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. The original film involved two employees at a perfumery. They couldn't stand each other, but they were unknowingly falling in love through the mail as anonymous pen pals.
Hilarious, witty comedy that defies the typical chick-flick stereotype, "Bridesmaids" will make you laugh uncontrollably. It was one of the first movies that started the popularity of full-female cast comedies. While only a few years old, it's already a modern classic you have to watch with your gang.
Since Betty Grable was not available to play Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Goldwyn cast Vivian Blaine, who had originated the role onstage. Marilyn Monroe wanted the part of Adelaide, but a telephone request from her did not influence Joe Mankiewicz, who wanted Blaine from the original production.
Not a true story, more of a dramatized imagined love for Shakespeare. But it makes for great entertainment, winning Best Picture Oscar in 1999, beating out "Saving Private Ryan."
In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, there was an estimated $14,200,000 worth of jewels lent to the production of the film. Kate Hudson was the master at improvising while she was on set. The scene where Andie crashes Ben's "boy's night" was completely improvised.
"Legally Blonde" is hilarious and motivational at the same time: Elle Woods, a typical beautiful blonde, gets into law school and learns that she is much smarter than she (and everyone else) thought.
During filming, the Jane Austen society was so concerned with getting the story right that they called the producer to tell him Hugh Grant was too good looking to play the part of Edward Ferrars.
"Erin Brockovich" is one of those rare movies that inspires, motivates and empowers. Based on a true story, this is a great reminder that you don’t have to be rich or educated to make a difference in the world.
It took more than 20 years to convince the author of Mary Poppins to sell the movie rights. It was only in 1961 that she finally relented, mostly because she needed the money. The 2013 film, Saving Mr. Banks, dramatizes this behind-the-scenes story.
In a sort of layered love story, "Becoming Jane" is a dramatized biography of Jane Austin, which told a life story unlike that of the characters you find in her books.
Based on a bestselling novel written from the perspective of the African-American help in a rich white town in the 1960s, this great movie can teach about the power of friendship, love and support, no matter the color of your skin.
The heart-warming story of "Amelie," about a lonely Montmartre waitress, will stay with you for days after. An adorable and kind movie with an amazing soundtrack, this French masterpiece is the perfect remedy for those rainy, gloomy days when you feel lonely and depressed.
All of the Grease cast was too old for high school! John Travolta was 23, Jeff Conaway was 26, and Stockard Channing was 33. The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty) - they were both 19.
"Les Miserables" had a somewhat miserable beginning. Its first production ran only for three months. Luckily, a big-time producer was in the audience during one of those performances. Critics were also harsh, but the general public thought otherwise.
The hilarious, adorable, and super relatable Bridge Jones shows that imperfections are what make us beautiful. The third installment in the "Bridget Jones" film series, "Bridget Jones’s Baby," was released in September 2016.
Julia Roberts turned down the lead role in Sleepless in Seattle. In a 2014 interview with InStyle, she shared that she had been offered Sleepless in Seattle but she couldn't do it, adding that, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were a perfect fit in the movie.
"Belle" was inspired by a painting the writer saw in Scotland. The painting was of two sisters, one white, one black.
In Notting Hill, Anna Scott was not based on Julia Roberts. It was said that Anna Scott was a hybrid of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Still, as far as Curtis, Hugh Grant, and director Roger Michell were concerned, Julia Roberts was perfect for the part.
This 2014 Oscar-nominated movie was inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. Dealing with numerous problems such as her mother's death, a drug addiction and the end of her marriage, Cheryl decides to put her life back together again by taking a super long walk.
If you think the water looked as though it was actually freezing cold, well Kate Winslet will confirm. She would not wear a wetsuit and the shivering reaction is her truly freezing.
Loosely based on a novella by Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a well-known classic (both the book and the movie). Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly is one of the most iconic characters to ever appear on screen, but Truman Capote, the author of the original novella, was never fully satisfied with the cast. He even called the movie the “most miscast film I've ever seen" and asked Marilyn Monroe to play Holly instead. Later, Truman would say that Tuesday Weld or Jodie Foster would be better choices to play Holly in a remake.
In order to get into character, Daniel Day-Lewis checked in to the Plaza Hotel under the name "N. Archer" - Newland Archer. He dressed as his character would for two weeks while staying at the hotel.
Hairspray was turned into a smash-hit Broadway musical in 2002, which led to a 2007 movie remake. While stars like John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer received top billing, many of the original film’s cast members appeared in the reboot.
A hilarious, quotable movie with a lot of catchy songs, amazing cast, and an ability to poke fun at itself and the genre, "Pitch Perfect" became an instant classic. While we agree that musicals may be not for everyone, this movie showcases the perfect a capella songs and is a truly hilarious, fun film that pretty much anyone can enjoy.
In Friends with Benefits, when Mila Kunis changes in the taxi, the filmmakers felt the driver didn't sound like an authentic New York taxi driver. So they used the voice of Mila's father, Marko Kunis. Marko worked as a taxi driver when he first arrived in the United States and still has a Ukrainian accent.
Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson thought their costumes should play an important role in characterization. They forced the women into the good posture of a royal.
This one is s sequel to "Before Sunrise," set nine years later. Like its predecessor, "Before Sunset" is a delight for all romantics out there. The timeless story of two questing hearts whose powerful bond defies time, this movie starts nine years later as Jesse travels across Europe, giving readings from his book about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine -- and then he meets her again in Paris.
"She's All That" opened Super Bowl weekend and was the number one movie at the box office in 1999. In fact, as of 2017 it's still ranked in the top ten on the all-time high-grossing teen romance movies film list. This new adaptation of the classic story, "Pygmalion" or "My Fair Lady," is among the best movies for teens.
After fracturing her rib the first time while filming Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman broke it again trying to fit into a corset. She fell down a flight of stairs, dancing in heels at three in the morning, and had to film the part where Satine says, “a real actress,” in a wheelchair.
Louisa Alcott took only ten weeks to write the book on which this movie is based. She sent it to the editor with over 400 pages.
"Pretty Woman" is the 1990 classic love story that turned Julia Roberts into an international star. It's hard to believe, but over two decades have passed since Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) got swept away by Edward Lewis (Richard Gere). Even though it may seem that the relationship between a prostitute and a rich businessman can't be romantic, this film is as romantic as it is funny, heart-warming and sweet.
Some words of advice from the film, He's Just Not That Into You, are, "He's just not that into you if he's not asking you out," "He's just not that into you if he's not calling you," and "He's just not that into you if he's not dating you."
Queen Elizabeth I is a popular subject for film makers. She has been played by more than ten actresses.
2002's Chicago is set in the 1920s and features fabulous costumes and choreography. It was the first musical to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards since Oliver!
Hughes' directorial debut, "Sixteen Candles" was the first movie in his series of iconic 1980s teen movies which depicted the problems of teens. Even though Hughes may have been years past high school when he wrote the movie, he accurately captured the teen experience and showed us the world of a 16-year-old girl who has to deal with going through puberty and her older sister's wedding while attempting to graduate from high school.
When in Rome is a 2010 American romantic comedy, directed by Mark Steven Johnson and co-written by Johnson, David Diamond, and David Weissman. Kristen Bell stars as Elizabeth "Beth" Martin, a successful and single curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Based on the memoir, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," by Kim Barker, "Whisky Tango Foxtrot" is the can't-miss feminist movie of 2016. The book documents Barker's journey as a war correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it was her humor, optimism and bold perspective on the situation that made this book a real hit and inspired a movie. This Tina Fey and Margot Robbie movie will inspire you.
While Jason Segel provides all his nudity without a body double in the movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the topless picture of Mila Kunis is the result of some digital adjusting. Mila Kunis wanted the lead in Knocked Up, but she didn't get it. Then Judd Apatow decided to cast her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Tristan and Isolde are legendary characters in the King Arthur stories. Franchise Pictures went bankrupt just after the release of this film. James Franco said he regretted playing this role.
This movie is all about a legendary woman who created an iconic brand, famous for its timeless designs, classic suits and little black dresses. The woman who started as a singer in a bar, then became the owner of a business empire, Coco Chanel has an exciting life story that will inspire and empower you.